Monday, June 12, 2017
Locally-trained greyhound Sophie’s Moment set the scene for what ultimately would be a record-breaking day at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Lining up from box four in the first race, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 metres), the black bitch led all the way, defeating Kolora Posie by nine lengths and pleasing Moment Syndicate manager Karen Price no end when running 29.90 seconds.
“Maiden winners rarely break 30 seconds so for her to run that time at only her third race start and without even a trial over the distance was a terrific effort,” she said.
Trained by Spider Whitehead, Sophie’s Moment’s all the way win was in direct contrast to her previous race starts which had seen her slowly away in 400 metre maidens.
“She’d been making a mess of the start so we sent her back to where she had been broken-in for a week’s refresher course and that seems to have made all the difference,” Price said.
By leading sire Cosmic Rumble, Sophie’s Moment is out of Stylish Moment, herself a quick maiden winner just over three years ago when she won by 20 lengths at her first start in 29.98 seconds.
Later that year Stylish Moment went on to win the inaugural Winter Classic at Tara Raceway and being a September 2015 whelping Sophie’s Moment should be well placed in this year’s classic which will be run in August.
And in the following race, the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m), Solitary Girl, at only her second race start and at her first look at Tara Raceway, recorded the fastest-ever short-course maiden win at the track.
Taking full advantage of box one, the fawn bitch quickly found the front before powering away to a 6¾ length win over an improving What A Buzz in 23.02 seconds.
Owned by Ann Sinnott and trained by husband Tom at Yambuk, Solitary Girl is by US sire Lonesome Cry out of the Sinnotts’ former top bitch Up And Away (by Where’s Pedro) who won more than $180,000.
They had previously enjoyed success with Lonesome Cry progeny when using him with Up And Away’s dam On Shore, the mating producing, among others, Dub Me In who ran a Tara Raceway 512 metre record of 29.62 seconds in March 2014.
“I figured seeing we had had success with Lonesome Cry and On Shore it might be worth trying him with her daughter as well,” Tom Sinnott said. “Solitary Girl is the first of the litter to win but there are still eight more to follow.”
Sinnott said Solitary Girl would probably now return to Warrnambool where she made her debut late last month.
A November 2015 whelping, she’s another one who could make her presence felt in the Winter Classic, a special event for dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2015.
Main interest in the South Eastern Hotel Mixed Stake (600 m) centred round whether Col’s Wallett, an outstanding 35.03 seconds winner for Nicole Stanley the previous week, could match motors with track record holder Paraphernalia, coming off a 29.91 seconds time-graded 512 metre win at the previous Friday meeting.
But the Jeff Guy trained Paraphernalia settled in second spot, took the lead down the back and raced away to a comfortable 4¼ length win over Col’s Wallett with John Burow’s Good Yarn running home well for third spot.
The win, in 34.97 seconds, made it three from three over the distance at Tara Raceway for the son of Big Daddy Cool and Scrappy Coco. It also saw the Chris Johnson owned chaser lower his previous track record of 34.99 seconds, run on October 9, 2016.
The Horsham-based Guy said that the fawn dog, a winner of 18 races and close to $60,000 in prizemoney, would next race at The Meadows in Victoria.
All things being equal, Paraphernalia’s litter sister Brazen Bomber shouldn’t have even been running in the Produce Store Free For All (512 m) let alone breaking track records.
Originally a reserve, Brazen Bomber, chasing her first win since last November, found herself in box four when Cryer’s Bob was scratched and it was then a case of making every post a winner when she led all the way to defeat a top field by five lengths in 29.55 seconds – eclipsing Thanks Tubby’s 29.60 seconds record run on June 1, 2014.
Brazen Bomber has now won 13 races and more than $30,000 in stakemoney with Guy saying that the black bitch’s record would have been much better had it not been for injuries sustained during her 67-start career.
And there’s a touch of irony about her track record. Twelve months ago she had been credited with winning at Tara Raceway over 600 metres in what was then a record 35 seconds. However, the time was classified as hand-timed and not officially recognised.
So, on Sunday, we had the remarkable occurrence – perhaps a first anywhere – where a litter brother and sister, with the same owner and trainer, both broke track records.
Sandwiched between the two records was another winner for Guy in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m). No record here, but Frac Geek, a handy second to Paraphernalia the week prior, looked pretty good when winning by six lengths in 29.90 seconds.
The treble was Guy’s second in as many weeks at Tara Raceway.
Last week, quinellas to go with the treble. This week a couple of track records. Little wonder Guy reckons Tara Raceway and its finish-on-lure is a great place for greyhounds to re-invent themselves.